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  • Hugh Hefner: A Biography | Christopher Grove

    Hugh Hefner: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (32 mins)
    • By Christopher Grove
    • Narrated By Ed Placencia
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    Hugh Hefner was an American publisher. He was best known as the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, which he founded in 1953, and as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. An advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression, Hefner was a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues. In January 1952, Hefner left his job as a copywriter for Esquire after he was denied a five dollar raise. In 1953, he took out a mortgage, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture," he told E! in 2006, "but because she believed in her son."), to launch Playboy, which was initially going to be called Stag Party. The first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies.

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